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Love And Life

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01
Scandalous
4:18  
02
Every Part Of Me
3:26  
03
Learn To Breathe
4:20  
04
Appreciate
3:42  
05
State Of My Heart
4:42  
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Practice Makes Perfect
3:25  
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Meet Me Halfway
4:01  
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Waiting For You
4:55  
09
Anything
5:19  
10
Non A Whatcha Do
4:15  
11
I Can't Hide (What's In My Heart)
4:07  
12
More
4:14  
13
How I Love The Rain
5:09  
14
All By Myself
4:06  
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 59:59

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Robin Banks

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04.22.11
Latoya London, Love And Life
Label: Concord (Peak)

Yes, this is the same Latoya London who got robbed on season three of American Idol (Diana and Jasmine so didn't deserve to make the final three). Now removed from the weekly all-things-to-all-people competition, Latoya has decided that her debut album will… be all things to all people. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, even as our heads reel at the Oakland twentysomething moving from Monica ("Scandalous") to SWV ("Every Part of Me")… read more »

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Might have gone far

MusiclLover1157

Latoya was on American Idol. I like her, but she faded out. this is pretty good. With the right exposure she might have gone far. Oh, well, this cd is worth a listen and maybe a download.

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Spectecular ballads, fun up tempo songs

Crzy8sal

Well, this is a surprisingly good album, coming from an Idol. She is undoubtedly very very talented, and her voice is amazing. The album has a little too many ballads and low tempo songs for my taste, and they end up blending together a little bit after a while. The the up tempo songs are fun though, and the first couple of ballads are amazing. Particularly "Learn To Breathe" is awesome.

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This is the bomb

Barbarion555

This album sent a chill through my body. Latoya should have won American Idol for certain. You can listen to the entire album, no skipping to the next song, just straight listening. I can't get my star up, but she needs 10.

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Latoya Londa is very talented

shielaah

This is a great album. I recommend it to everyone. It is excellent and Latoya London is very talented.

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LaToya London had a real good girl image while she was a finalist during the third season of American Idol. She was always perceived as strong, matronly, poised, and collected. At the time, she was married and had two stepchildren. Shortly after her fourth place finish on the show, she separated from her husband and her good girl image, as evidence on her debut album Love and Life on Peak Records. As expected, London still sounds amazing. Her vocals were consistently the strongest during her run on the show, and the album’s vocals are no exceptions. Every power note is delivered with conviction, and every smooth, soft sound is crooned flawlessly. The only concern with the album is more the content itself. It borders on X-rated at points. Lines in “Waiting for You” and “Practice Makes Perfect” contain lyrics that are too inappropriate to even publish. In addition, the central focus of this album is sex. For a woman who made her fame on a family show, this style choice seems really risky. However, the impressive team of producers that London has chosen to work with have made a really smooth album that falls somewhere between an Ashanti release and a Jill Scott piece. London has a strong collection of hits that would appeal to different branches of the R&B/soul market. The lead single, “Appreciate” is a power single, complete with terrifically catchy beats, and a well placed rap by Black Thought from the Roots. The ballad portion of the album, especially considering London’s decision to sing ballads continuously during the show, is rather paltry. What’s really unfortunate is that the ballads are strong and impressive. “State of My Heart” is a poignant piece where London has never sounded better, even more so than on the show. Unfortunately, she has simply made some mistakes as an artist. By taking a sexually charged approach to R&B, she has lost many of the fans who supported her along the way, and her songwriting skills are not strong. London has co-written four tracks on the album, but they are four of the weaker tracks here. The highlight of the album comes right at the end, with “All by Myself,” the Celine Dion ballad that first garnered attention for London. Perhaps this should send a message to London, that trying something different isn’t always the way to go. In the very least, she sounds nice singing the inappropriate material. – Matthew Chisling

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